We hate to see issues like this come between friends, and it is understandable why you are nervous about seeking compensation for your child's injuries. However, you need to look at the big picture: your child was hurt; you had to pay a great deal of money out of pocket for his or her medical bills; and all of this was caused by your friend's dog.
If your friend truly cares about you and your child, he should want to work with you, not against you. He has to understand that it is his fault you have to pay these medical bills, and he should take responsibility to make sure you are properly compensated.
Hiring a dog bite attorney also does not mean that you are going to sue your friend for everything he has. An attorney will be able to figure out the best course of action for pursing compensation, which may ultimately be working out some type of settlement outside of court or filing a claim against the company that provides your friend with homeowner's or renter's insurance. If the insurance company agrees to provide you with compensation for your child's injuries, then your friend may not have to pay you anything and there should be no reason for any friction.
Your first consultation with the Law Offices of Tom Hall is completely free, so even if you're not sure yet what you want to do about your child's dog bite, you can at least walk away with more information about your options. Give us a call or fill out our simple online contact form, and we will get right back to you.